28 Lighthouses in Washington State – A Bucket List Item Completed

Admiralty Head Lighthouse Whidbey Island

Twenty-eight lighthouses. Some of these, I actually saw more than once. At one lighthouse, my husband and I spent a few weekends one summer doing volunteer restoration work. At another lighthouse, my husband and I got married!! Some lighthouses were seen from the vantage point of a sailboat. My husband and I made a special visit to see one lighthouse at Christmas time. A few offered tours, while others were seen off in the distance from the coast to an island. They are the lighthouses of Washington State. And with these 28 lighthouses, I have completed a Bucket List item of visiting or seeing a vast majority of the lighthouses in Washington State.

Alki Point Lighthouse West Seattle

At one lighthouse I learned the meaning of the word “pharology” – “one who studies or is interested in lighthouses” – that’s me! At another lighthouse, I walked 10 miles round trip just to see it, twice, once by myself and once with my husband. Two lighthouses were close to the border with Oregon so were seen during a trip of visiting the vast majority of the lighthouses on the Oregon Coast.

Browns Point Lighthouse Tacoma

Not knowing which order to list them in this blog, I decided to go in alphabetical order. By clicking on each photo, it takes you to the particular blog I wrote about each lighthouse. If I wrote more than one blog about the same lighthouse, I have included two pictures, each with a different link. In other words, there are more than 28 blogs based on the 28 lighthouses.

The first lighthouse above is Admiralty Head on Whidbey Island where I learned a few lighthouse jokes, and about “traveling libraries.” At Alki Point in West Seattle, the second lighthouse above, I took a tour guided by US Coast Guard Auxiliarists. Brown’s Point Lighthouse in Tacoma, in the picture just above, is where I learned that I am a pharologist. Below are two photos from Burrows Island Lighthouse where we volunteered with doing some restoration work.

Burrows Island Lighthouse

Burrows Island Keepers Quarters

Continuing on with the 28 lighthouses, this is the pyramidal concrete tower of Bush Point Light on Whidbey Island:

Bush Point Lighthouse Whidbey Island

Cape Disappointment is one of two lighthouses we visited near the Oregon border:

Cape Disappointment Lighthouse

Cape Flattery Lighthouse is located on an island at farthest northwesternmost corner of the Continental United States:

Cape Flattery Lighthouse

Cattle Point Light is located near some good walking trails on San Juan Island:

Cattle Point Lighthouse

The lighthouse on Destruction Island can be seen far off in the distance from Ruby Beach along the Olympic Peninsula Coast:

Destruction Island Lighthouse

Dofflemeyer Point Light in Olympia is on a private beach but can be viewed from the marina of Boston Harbor:

Dofflemyer Point Lighthouse

Ediz Hook has been moved from its original location and is currently in a residential area of Port Angeles:

Ediz Hook Lighthouse

Gig Harbor Light on the Kitsap Peninsula is only 15 feet tall:

Gig Harbor Light

While Grays Harbor in Westport is the tallest lighthouse in Washington State at 107 feet:

Grays Harbor Lighthouse

Lightship Swiftsure in Seattle is one of the few remaining “floating lighthouses”:

Lightship Swiftsure

Lime Kiln Lighthouse is located in the 36-acre day-use Lime Kiln State Park on San Juan Island, another place with some good walking trails:

Lime Kiln Lighthouse

Here is Lime Kiln Lighthouse decorated at Christmas time:

Lime Kiln Lighthouse Christmas

Marrowstone Point near Port Townsend is located along a shoreline quite popular for fishing:

Marrowstone Point Lighthouse

Mukilteo Lighthouse is where my husband and I were married!!:

Mukilteo Lighthouse

New Dungeness is the lighthouse I walked 10 miles round trip to see, twice, once solo and once with my husband:

New Dungeness Lighthouse

New Dungeness Lighthouse

North Head is the second of two lighthouses we visited near the Oregon border:

North Head Lighthouse

Patos Island, one of the San Juan Islands, was originally named “Klu-whit-eton” by the Native American tribe, the Lummi:

Patos Island Lighthouse

Point no Point Lighthouse, which is located on the Kitsap Peninsula, is where I wondered, “What is the point of standing at the point of Point No Point Lighthouse?”:

Point No Point Lighthouse

The two keeper’s dwellings at Point Robinson Lighthouse, on Maury Island connected to Vashon Island, are available for weekly rentals:

Point Robinson Lighthouse

Point Wilson Lighthouse near Port Townsend and Fort Worden usually offers tours every Saturday from 1-4 from mid-May through mid-September:

Point Wilson Lighthouse

The “unusual” Skunk Bay Lighthouse, as seen from the other side of a fence, is currently a private time-share:

Skunk Bay Lighthouse

The keeper’s quarters of Slip Point, located on the beach of Clallum Bay Spit County Park, looks a lot like the Burrows Island keeper’s quarters:

Slip Point Lighthouse

Smith and Minor Islands is one of eight lighthouses my husband and I saw from the vantage point of a sailboat:

Smith and Minor Islands

Turn Point Lighthouse located on Stuart Island is part of Stuart Island State Park:

Turn Point Lighthouse

And last but not least, West Point Lighthouse is located below Magnolia Bluff at Discovery Park in Seattle:

West Point Lighthouse Discovery Park

I compiled my list of which lighthouses to visit in Washington State from a couple of different sources. First, I have a few posters on my wall at home that list some lighthouses, such as the Souvenir Lighthouse Map and The Great Lighthouse Hunt, both from Washington Lightkeepers Association. I also double checked these posters against lists of lighthouses in Washington State on the Lighthouse Friends website, and on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill website.

The lighthouses that I have not visited (yet) include a few that are along rivers rather than along larger bodies of water, such as the Puget Sound or the Pacific Ocean. One lighthouse I have not seen is because it can only be viewed while riding on a ferry. And the Coast Guard Museum in Seattle which displays some lighthouse memorabilia will also require a visit someday. But by and large, with 28, I have completed my bucket list of visiting or seeing a vast majority of the lighthouses in Washington State!

I wonder what state will be next on my Bucket List to see all the lighthouses…?

Sweet Travels!

PS. I have also seen lighthouses on the South West Coast Path in England, along the Camino Finisterre to Muxia in Spain, and in Michigan which I have not written blogs on yet. And finally, a blog on the admirable pioneering Female Lighthouse Keepers.

Female Lighthouse Keepers: Women Who Cared for the Lights

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